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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 10:48 
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Vigilantes attack £24,000 speed camera


The damaged speed camera at Mere Brow

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26 July 2008
By Chris Visser
It's been torched twice and now it's in a bit of a twist.
But road safety bosses say it's no laughing matter that the speed camera on The Marshes Lane at Mere Brow has been attacked again.

The £24,000 camera, on the B5246, was set on fire twice in 2004, leading to Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety threatening to put up another camera to monitor the Gatso.

Now, they say they would consider the idea again after the camera was damaged for a third time.

But anti-speed camera campaigners have questioned the idea and sympathise with those taking the law into their own hands.

Claire Armstrong, of Safespeed.org.uk, said: "We have probably got law-abiding citizens feeling so infuriated they have to show the government what they feel about it by taking direct action.

"We sympathise with them but we don't agree with it – we don't condone law breaking. I can understand how frustrated someone can be,
especially, say, if they have lost their job for driving a few miles over a set limit.

"If they put up a camera to monitor the camera, they will attack that one too. What do you do then? Put a camera up to monitor that camera? How far do you go?"
Tarleton Coun Rosemary Evans said: "We cannot support any damage. I don't agree with it and am disappointed.

"We pay for these speed cameras – if anyone decides to damage these in any way we are being penalised.

"The majority of drivers do stick to speed limits, but there are a mindless few who choose to speed through our villages.

Linda Sanderson, communications manager for the Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety, said: "An officer has gone over to it. We need to find out if it has been criminal damage.

"If it is, then we will investigate which can lead to arrests."

When asked if a second camera could be installed to keep an eye on the speed camera, she said: "If there has been criminal damage, that is one of our options if it is necessary."

A spokeswoman for Brake, the road safety charity, said: "Brake is appalled that someone can have such blatant disregard for road safety measures.

"Speed cameras discourage speeding on our roads and are put in places which are known for speeding traffic."

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 14:34 
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If they could find those responsible, what would they be charged with? Criminal damage?

First offence - a caution. Wow! That will really put off determined "Captain Gatso" types.

Or would "an example" be made of the perpetrator? (Out of spite? Best get the hit squad from APCO involved.)

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 14:36 
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My father in Law was caught out by that camera twice.
The second time he was certain he was not over the limit, but declined to fight the case - he is over 75 and a cautious driver at best of times and felt he had better ways of spending his days!!

I'm sure though that he will be rejoicing - there is NO safety benefit whatsoever from the camera - either side of it, those whose driving is so poor to lead to it being there, drive like idiots as usual - except for the two who died on Shore Road a couple of years ago, after leaving the road well in excess of the limit while under the influence!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 18:07 
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I'll take a detour tomorrow on the way to Southport and see if it's been repaired yet :lol:

Cameras watching cameras...doh :roll:

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A spokeswoman for Brake, the road safety charity, said: "Brake is appalled that someone can have such blatant disregard for road safety measures.

"Speed cameras...are put in places which are known for speeding traffic."


This is, in a nutshell, why Brake "don't quite get it"! To be a road safety measure, the cameras should be put in places where speeding would be dangerous. You can call it zero tolerance if you like, but that definitely does not equal safety!

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